Walking

Walking trail

Woolbeding Landscapes

Walking trail

This is a gentle walk taking in wildlife, riverside views, and wide open landscapes.

Blue and black banded demoiselle damselflies rest on a reed  at the edge of the river Rother

Map

Woolbeding landscapes map

Start:

Woolbeding Parkland car park, grid ref: SU 87481 21970

1

Face the signboard, take the path to your right; cross a small track and follow beneath the line of pylons. Enjoy the views to your right, overlooking the South Downs. Continue over the brow of the hill and descend 100 metres to a place where paths meet.

2

From the track junction, go left, then the first right, which heads down the valley - you're in heathland here, a mixture of bell heather, ling, and dwarf gorse. Continue to the fork, go right and continue downhill until you reach where another path crosses the way. There's a small shady pond tucked away to your right.

Shady turning beneath an old oak

3

Keep straight on down the valley, enjoying the views, until you see a track. Just before this track, turn right up a narrow path between trees, and follow this path, which at the end bears left to rejoin the vehicle track to cross the lane.

View down the valley

4

Look for the waymarker to your right, on the opposite said of the lane, then follow the footpath through the trees out into the open field. Continue along the hedgerow, cross the style, then turn left and go downhill through the fields, going under the pylons and along the next field; at the bottom, turn right along Stedham Lane.

Lane crossing by Pound Yard

5

Within 50 metres, to your left you'll see a waymarker pointing to a steeply descending path beside ancient beech trees. Head down the path to the bottom, by the river, where you'll find Stedham ford and old mill. Keep this side of the river Rother turn left and follow the riverside path. Continue, passing over a small wooden bridge, until you pass through a wooden gate, into a field.

Along the River Rother, below Stedham Lane

End:

Woolbeding Parkland car park, grid ref: SU 87481 21970

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Terrain

Gentle, easy going underfoot, some stiles and slopes. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Please note that there may be livestock in some areas.

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Contact us

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How to get here

Address
Older Hill National Trust car park, off Linch Lane, accessed from the A272 near Midhurst
By train

Haslemere Station, 8 miles; then Countryliner bus 70 or 71 to Midhurst bus station.

By road

From Midhurst; take the A272, then the right hand turning signposted Woolbeding. Follow the signs to Redford, the occasionally very narrow way becomes Linch Lane. The signposted turning to Older Hill is to your right hand, the National Trust car park is perhaps 750 metres and to your left hand.

By foot

Woolbeding Common is on the winding path of the 64-mile Serpent Trail between Haslemere and Petersfiled, connecting local heathlands.

By bus

From Midhurst bus station, take Emsworth & District 93 bus and alight at Redford Garage. Follow the Serpent Trail signage at the East side of the road up to Older Hill. The bus runs Wednesday and Saturday only; one daily service leaving Midhurst at approximately 09:30, return journey leaves Redford at approximately 13:00. 

By bicycle

From Chichester take Centurion Way to West Dean. Midhurst is a further 6 miles north on A286. From Midhurst take the A272 towards Petersfield. Take the right hand turning signposted Woolbeding. Follow the signs to Redford; the occasionally very narrow way becomes Linch Lane. The signposted turning to Older Hill is to your right hand, the National Trust car park is perhaps 750 metres and to your left hand.

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Facilities and access

  • The nearby Half Moon pub serves food every day and has toilets for patrons (not NT)